Birthday In Absentia

Is there anyone left on the planet who thinks Fidel Castro will rise again to be the leader he once was?

Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday that he was not well enough to attend the opening of several days of events celebrating his 80th birthday.

“I’m not in medical condition to be there,” Castro said in a statement read by a presenter to thousands of supporters from dozens of countries at the start of a gala in Havana’s Karl Marx theater that was to mark the opening of the celebrations.

The Castro Era is over.

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